New to our team is industrial hygiene consultant Irene Wang. She’ll be working with our clients to conduct industrial hygiene sampling for hazards like noise and VOCs, indoor air quality assessments and respirator fit testing. Irene recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.
During her master’s program, she gained lots of valuable experience. While interning at Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, a global silicone molding manufacturer, she did industrial hygiene sampling for silica, noise mapping and learned the ins and outs of heat stress and industrial hygiene workspace evaluations. She was also fortunate to work under a Johns Hopkins alumna who oversaw her data collection there for her thesis on the health effects of isopropyl alcohol.
Irene honed her safety skills, learning how to conduct audits and risk assessments during an EHS co-op at McCormick & Company in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Additionally, she was a research assistant at The University of Pittsburgh and a teaching assistant at Johns Hopkins’ industrial hygiene laboratory.
“In China where I grew up, occupational health and safety wasn’t a profession so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make an impact on the health of many workers. I can’t wait to learn about your business and your unique occupational health hazards,” she shares.
Irene is honored to be part of the Safex team and looks forward to getting to know Columbus. Ohio is the fifth state that she’s lived in since she moved to the U.S. from Nanjing, China, four years ago. She looks forward to the simple pleasures of settling down, like furnishing her kitchen so she can experiment with fusion cooking and wants to spend her free time exercising, sketching, painting and learning Korean (her third language).
Irene also holds a B.S. in Biotechnology from Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China and completed an undergraduate exchange program at Southern Illinois University.